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“Stop that,” she said. “Sit still. You want people to think you’re a better person, don’t you?” This is me, learning not to do sewing machine leg from Yasuko, my girlfriend. “Better than whom?” I asked. Well, Yasuko was crazy, so what...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jan 25, 2017

Strange English I can’t Understand

Living in Japan, you’re basically trapped in a tiny spaceship, peering down through clouds and picking up intermittent snippets of news floating skyward from earth. I first heard “Poker Face” in a smoky Shinjuku karaoke bar, when so...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Nov 28, 2016

What’s Japan Like?

This is partly the tale of three Japanese women. Erika Lives in Hokkaido In the winter, she walks to the station past mountains of snow piled higher than her head, but she can usually get a seat on the train, and her apartment’s nice and warm,...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Sep 2, 2015

Avoiding Meltdown in Japan

Self-improvement is one of my long-standing goals. You know, striving to be a better human being and all, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Basically like Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, only without the scary eyes, and slightly more muscular.
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 26, 2015

How to Write Japanese

You gotta love Anna. Seriously, because everyone loves Anna. She’s a busty, blonde Swiss-German who grew up playing the piano and speaking Swiss. And German. And English. And now she speaks perfect Japanese. God, I hate her. Nah, just kidding. Anna...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 20, 2015

5 questions about Kendo. Are old Kendo masters really strong?

IntroductionI experienced Kendo in school. And I have 3dan(There are 20grades in Kendo. 1-10grades are called 1-10kyu. 11-20grades are called 1-10dan.). I want to have Kendo known by many people. I try to answer the questions which my friends asked t...
by JP LIFE on Jun 16, 2015

One Japanese Book You Must Read

You should think twice about taking any advice Ken Seeroi has got to give. I mean, who’d listen to a guy who ditched a decent life in a first-world country for a freezing, tiny apartment, sleeping on the floor, and eating rice with sticks? Well, it...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 6, 2014

The Easiest Japanese Food

Every once in a while, I discover something in Japan so amazing that I’m compelled to share it with the world. Fortunately, that feeling passes after a few beers, so I don’t actually have to do any work, which I’m allergic to. I’m pretty sure...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Nov 2, 2014

Fantasy Japan

2004, now that was a great year. It was the Golden Age of Japan. I was on my seventh trip here, crisscrossing the nation by high-speed shinkansen in search of small, traditional restaurants, ancient temples, and women with long black hair and short s...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Sep 27, 2014

Japan Versus America – Who Wins?

Every year, I like to play a little game called “Could I Ever Live in America Again?” That’s where I board a plane in Tokyo, have about ten tiny in-flight wines, watch every movie ever made, then get off in sunny California and ask myself, “W...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Sep 16, 2014

New Nihonjin? App Identifies Japanese Faces

If you’re a Japanese person (that is, a real Japanese person, not just like some Korean guy born in Japan), then you know how frustrating it is. Every day, you’re surrounded by crowds of people, in stores, elevators, and that small ramen...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 12, 2014

Rice. You’re Doing it Wrong

How to Make Rice, in 7 Perfect Steps I’ve probably made rice a thousand times, maybe more. But most were before I moved into a house with a bunch of Japanese roommates and got my ass handed to me. That’s a very humbling experience, let me tel...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 3, 2014

Is Speaking English in Japan Unavoidable?

A reader named mintyroll recently commented: The “Japanese People Don’t Want you to Speak Japanese” part is one of those minor things I’ve always been afraid of whenever I think of how my first trip to Japan will be . . . Consequently, it’s...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 27, 2014

Who Wears the Pants in Japan?

“Ken? Ken! Wake the hell up! Meet me at the station.” I sat up in bed, and realized it was not my bed. Words like this are why Ken Seeroi does not answer his iPhone after 11 p.m. The dreaded Yoko was on the line, and I was in her bed. Well, at le...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Apr 23, 2014

Japan Wins Every Sport in Winter Olympics

Last week, I ate school lunch in the staff room, sitting at a table with plates full of mini omelets, rice, daikon salad, and some goo of tofu mixed with beans, which is rather redundant, if you think about it. Well, probably best not to think about...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Feb 16, 2014

Salvation of a Saint – How would you prove a Perfect Crime?

Reading an American or European mystery novel wholly differs from reading a Japanese detective story. You get to read the fundamental functioning of a Japanese society, where there is always a little concern about other people’s sensitivity or abou...
by creofire on Jan 19, 2014

Taking a Japanese Bus Tour. Rule #1: Beer Helps

So I went on this Japanese bus tour last weekend. I don’t really know why. Apparently Japanese people are wild about the bus for some reason, and so I figured eh, maybe it’d be cool. The whole thing started when my phone rang and The Tanu...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 18, 2013

Taking a Japanese Bus Tour. Rule #1: Beer Helps

So I went on this Japanese bus tour last weekend. I don’t really know why. Apparently Japanese people are wild about the bus for some reason, and so I figured eh, maybe it’d be cool. The whole thing started when my iPhone vibrated and The...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 18, 2013

The 9 Best Things about Japan

Also known as, “Why on Earth am I Still Here?” So the bad news is, I shattered a wine glass all over my new carpet last night. The good news is, hey, I got a new carpet. See, there’s a bright side to everything. So today I woke up with the wind...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Nov 16, 2013

The Truth About Sex in Japan

Ah, sex in Japan, always a hot topic in online forums. If you’re a man, and you post:  I’m having lots of sex in Japan! then someone will surely reply:  The women you’re seeing are all hoes. Or, if you’re a woman and you pos...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Oct 31, 2013
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